17 Photos That Show Melbourne's Cultural Diversity

Photo of Monique La Terra
21 December 2017

Melbourne’s multicultural metropolis is home to people from approximately 200 countries, with 233 languages spoken and 116 religious faiths represented. In fact, over 66% of the population was born overseas. The following 17 photos illustrate Melbourne’s diverse cultural identity.

Thai dancers from SILP Productions during the Victorian Multicultural Festival
Irish participants marching in the Australia Day Parade, Melbourne. Shutterstock
A part of the Melbourne Festival Indigenous program, Tanderrum celebrated the five clans of the Central Kulin Nation. Courtesy of Melbourne Festival | James Henry
French performers during Paris to Provence 2017 at Como House in South Yarra. Courtesy of Paris To Provence
Members of the Solomon Islands Victoria Association marching in the Australia Day Parade, Melbourne. Shutterstock
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by Glenn Hunt/Epa/REX/Shutterstock (8259001b) As Part of National Harmony Day Young Muslim Women Model Australian Flag Hijabs (l-r) Natasha Ali Sadia Ali Idil Mohamud Isir Mohamud and Sara Ali in Melbourne Tuesday March 21 2006 Today's Celebration Which Coincides with the United Nations Interntional Day For Elimination of Racial Discrimination Encourages Australians to Appreciate the Multicultural Society and Recommit to Common Values of Universal Respect and Goodwill Australia Melbourne Australia Muslim Women Flag Hijabs - Mar 2006
People of all ages from the Hungarian community marching during the Australia Day Parade, Melbourne. Shutterstock
Traditional folk dancing and music at Federation Square, during the annual Polish Festival. Shutterstock
Celebrating diversity and harmony, the African Music and Cultural Festival is the largest annual African festival in Australia. Courtesy of African Music and Cultural Festival
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by Julian Smith/Epa/REX/Shutterstock (8258741a) Performers Make Their Way Down Swanston Street During the Moomba Parade in Melbourne Monday 12 March 2007 Established in 1955 Moomba Now Called Moomba Waterfest Celebrates the City of Melbourne's Cultural Hertitage and Diversity Australia Melbourne Australia Moomba Waterfest - Mar 2007
Greek Australians at the Australia Day Parade, Melbourne 2014. Australia Day 2014 | © Chris Phutully/WikiCommons
Peruvian performers at the Victorian Multicultural Festival. Image courtesy of Jorge de Araujo via Victorian Multicultural Commission
An Indigenous performer at the Melbourne Festival during the opening ceremony event Tanderrum. Courtesy of Melbourne Festival | Richie Hallal
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock (4449573a) 100 metre long illuminated dragon lantern installed to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, this installation is illuminated from 19th Feb to 1st March Chinese New Year celebrations, Melbourne, Australia - 20 Feb 2015
A Morava Serbian Dance group at the Victorian Multicultural Festival. Image courtesy of Jorge de Araujo via Victorian Multicultural Commission
Music, dancing, and cultural performances are the focus of the African Music and Cultural Festival. Courtesy African Music and Cultural Festival
Typical French attire at Paris To Provence 2017 at Como House in South Yarra. Courtesy of Paris To Provence

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